Day 1303 Charles Himself!

Charles Reid first page in my Charles Reid class sketchbook.

I drew this while he sat giving us critiques last Wednesday.

Mr. Handsome.

I took a photo of him after I drew it so I could paint it later.

And I dumped the photo into free Waterlogue ap on my iPhone. Makes u look like a great wc painter. And it’s quick.

Colors used:

And I tried to do what Charles said t do “Mix the color on the paper! ” which leaves a very clean palette when you are done.

Off To get a salad at chic fil a. Margaret and Zoe xoxoxo wondering why they aren’t organic.

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Day 1302 Finally Finally

Started painting my sketchbook/notes from Charles Reid s class. I drew the still life he was painting. And today I painted it. I think I finally nailed a Charles Reid style flower painting. My luck it’s in my sketchbook.

Colors used. Cerulean yellow ochre. Leaves olive green chrome green viridian and ultramarine blue.

Cad yellow and burnt sienna Lemon. Avocado chrome green rust ultramarine.

Shot of alizarin on the pot w cerulean and yellow ochre. Orange.

Whatever orange I have and some cad red. Burnt sienna. Coot is ultramarine and burnt umber.

Background cerulean and yellow ochre.

Go make some splatters.

Later xoxoxo Margaret and Zoe too.

Finally I think I got some Charles Reid flowers. Too bad I can’t frame them. They are in my sketchbook. #stillmanandbirn #charlesreid #watercolor #art #painting #artist #painter #aquarelle #fabriano #flowers #allaprima #transparent #flower #savannah #georgia #lostedges #artist #charlesreid #watercolor #art #painting #artist #painter #aquarelle #fabriano #flowers #allaprima #transparent #flower #savannah #georgia #lostedges #artist #model #lifemodel #lifestyleblogger #carver #lifestylechange #drawing #sketching #transparent #holbein #mgraham #danielsmithwatercolors #drawing #sketching #transparent #holbein

Day 1301 I forgot

To set off a skyrocket for 1300 posts.

Strawberry time. App. 8×22″300# cp Fabriano

I actually painted this a couple of weeks ago in Atlanta. Should I say finally. I drew it days before.

The seeds. I actually used masking fluid applied with a toothpick. Not something I am fond of using but couldn’t think how else to keep the white seeds. Not fond of it because it makes a too regular hard edge.

I had wanted the peacock blue background lighter but it didn’t look good so I added splatter in both manganese and ultramarine and double painted the wash on the background.

Do you know how hard it is to run a wash down both sides of a painting at the same time. Just shoot me.🤪 Pencil sketch follows. The ink sketch in my stillman and birn sketchbook. I did think about adding words to the darker one but I think it might be too dark to do that too. Of course I left the it in Atlanta so I can’t write on it anyway til I get back up there for my grandsons birthday in a couple of weeks.

It will be for sale when I bring the berries home.

Colors used pyrrole red quin gold and alizarin on strawberries. Shadows ultramarine and more quin gold and I think purple.

Greens chrome green quin gold and Viridian. Charles Reid greens. Cost me a lot to learn those two colors. 😅

Margaret and Zoe staying out of the heat. Xoxoxox

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Day 1300 Jenna – Life modeling

At Atlanta Artist Center yesterday am before I headed home.

Two fifteen minute contour drawings on canson art board.

Drew her several times before I decided on how to place her on the Fabriano cp 140#.

I decided she was too skinny this way. Moved and Redrew her againsecond break. time to head home. It moves fast when u use watercolor. 20 min then a ten min break repeat for a couple of hours.

The fringe is made by scratching the wet paint w the brush handle.

Somehow I lost the line separating her arm and her chest. Hmmm Eyes were off. No idea whats wrong w the color in these.

When I got home I used a Mr clean and masking tape And wiped out her left eye which was off and what’s with the alizarin in the background.

I repainted her left eye, some of the background and a bit of a shadow on her chest. I also outlined her with a 2b.

Her she is now. Needs some

More splatter.

I quit. Colors used cad red light cad ya light yellow ochre cerulean on skin. Burnt sienna too. Burnt umber and ultramarine hair. Background cerulean and yellow Ochre alizarin in cloth.

What did I learn?! NEVER paint the eyes like regular eyes. Do them like the ones in the painting above.

Generally it’s enough in these sessions to just indicate an eye. Aka the top of the eye and the iris NOT a realistic eye. Charles did it. He always draws a realistic eye.

Ttyl Margaret xoxoxo

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Day 1299 a Few Bits and pieces

I never quite finished this one. Second one of the first day of drop wet painting. So many things to remember it’s hard to do.

When I had time to start a second one I couldn’t move because I was hemmed in.

My friend Colette didn’t like the composition. My friend Karen did. Hmm I think it has a lot of nice transparency. Also some good transparency.

This one has too much background and it’s grey because I mixed it on the palette not the paper. A BIG nonononono!!!

Margaret who ran up and downstairs at least 30 times yesterday hauling in my luggage and art supplies. Who needs to exercise?! Xoxoxo 💋

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Day 1296 John

I thought I had posted this the other day. I drew John twice. This is the second. Took about 45 min and actually like it better than the one that took two hours. So did everybody else. Sorry there’s no sketch. I get on melt down at the end trying to finish and forget to take a pic of the second drawing.

John modeled all day and never moved except for breaks. He returned to his pose everytime. Charles Likes to sit up under the model as class as he can get so I decided to try that too.Really makes for a lot of foreshortening on the face and a large view of the chin. A lot of burnt sienna cad red and yellow ochre. Hat yellow ochre and cerulean. Beard burnt sienna and cerulean

I thought my drawing was off but Charles said no so i wouldn’t argue with him ever. He’s the master. More hair added. Ultramarine and burnt sienna.

Day 1298 – The Party is Over😢

Plein Air?!

Ah no. Way to hot in Savannah for that. Think: walk out the door and start to drip in under five minutes – humid and HOT! 🤪

Tracy Marty and I on our way to Blicks.

A pedicab was the perfect way to see the city and inexpensive.

Watched the amazing Charles Reid paint one last time. The days flew by!!! That’s his sweetheart of a wife Judy with him. Only married 57 Years!!!

My not quite finished painting of Sitting Bull an Ogalala Sioux medicine man. We were painting from old copyright free photos because it was way to steamy in Savannah.

I had left my sketches at Karen’s 26 miles away by the time I discovered the fact. So I redrew him and forgot to take a picture of him before I painted. We were all on melt down to try to finish before three when class ended.

Colors used. Burnt sienna cobalt and yellow ochre on his face. Ultramarine blue and burnt umber hair. Clothes. Burnt sienna cobalt yellow cerulean orange cad red and a dab of Alizarin.

Then Tracy Marty and i went to blicks and did some crack drawing. A good way to get drippy. Must have been over 100 even in the shade. What were we thinking?!! But it was fun.

The Art In the Mountain ladies who ran the workshop Tracy and Marty had looked at my crack sketchbook while the rest of us were painting and wanted to learn how to do it. Can’t way to see theirs painted. They are both too much fun.

Then we went down on river st by the Savannah and finally went in the air. I think I was trying for a heat stroke.

Back to the hotel for the Ghost Tour. How much can you do in one day?! 😱 Riding the open trolley til 10:30 listening to ghost stories. Is Savannah the second most haunted city. I think my brain was dead by then.

The city looks totally different at night. I could get lost wandering around all those twenty something squares in Savannah.

Our hostess did her best to scare us to death. A great informative tour. suppose to see specters in this pier mirror in the Sorrell Weed Museum house.

Scary?! Not so much as the Key West ghost hunting tour I went on. No ghost sightings but I don’t really want to EVER see one.

Margaret in Atlanta needing a nap maybe for a week or so. Xoxoxox

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Day 1297 Carver

So hard to draw but so interesting to look at.

A sweetheart. Both the models are so nice. And did such a great job.

I tried drawing him like the second photo but was not going well at all. So I finally flipped he paper over and drew just his head and shoulders. Still a pain. Long nose huge eyes short forehead. And foreshortening of Head. Eeekkkk.

I finally got going trying to loose my edges. It was sloppy wet. Makes more problems. So I would try to let it dry. Waiting is not something I am good at. I don’t want to at least with paint.

More progress. Loved the feathers. Scratched them in with my paint brush handle.

More done than now. He needs some shadows around his eyes from his eyebrow to under it. Also want to paint his jacket black.

Colors used. Very few. Skin Yellow ochre cad red light and cerulean plus a small bit of burnt sienna

Hair yellow ochre cerulean and burnt sienna. Maybe a cab of burnt umber.

Jacket manganese blue and burnt sienna.

Tracy kept the models til five so we had an extra hour. I moved and started another painting. Poor Carver had been modeling ALL day from 9-5 by the time he finished. I know he’s sore tonight.

My 45 minute one. I wasn’t striving for a likeness just lost edges and letting paint mix on the paper.

Can’t wait to paint these photos of John. Love the pose.

a huge boat passing by.

Storm heading into Savannah.

Night night.

Margaret last day of class😔xoxoxox 💤💤💤💤💤

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Day 1296 Magic Time Finally

Watching Charles paint a person is like watching someone make magic. He twitches his brush here and here. Stating at the nose suddenly there’s a fabulous painting of a person.

John was our model today. He did a wonderful job.

Charles painting.

The Master Charles Reid the most talented watercolorist in America today.

My sketch.

Painting

More painting.

Charles said time to quit so I did and I started another of John. Let ok’ing at him he needs more shadow on his cheek to define his cheek bone. Maybe a highlight lifted also on the cheek and more shadow in his brow.

John and his Jack Russell Jedi.

We all adored Jedi

Especially me. Missing my Zoe. One more of Jedi and his dad John.

My second drawing. I had about forty five minutes left to paint him.

Progress.

Times up. Hmm think he needs more hair but I like this one best of the two paintings.

Up to the rooftop the rain had ended.

A tugboat heading up river.

Night on the river

A paddle boat passing by while I waited for my car.Look who decided to jump in bed with me tonite. My friend Karen’s collie Carly. What a sweetheart.

Tomorrows model.

Nite nite. Margaret xoxoxo

Day 1295 – More Flowers

Day Two is in the bag. Another busy day.

I thought you might like to see how Charles painted this painting.

The world famous coot is the bird in the picture. I wonder how many times he has painted it.

First break.

Second break. He takes breaks every 20 minutes or so.

Third break.

Fourth break. Aka DONE!!!

My sketch. Drawing the recorder was such a pain.

I tried really hard to let the paint mingle on the page. As Charles says watercolor is 50% the painter 50% the watercolor doing its thing.

We ate at Vic’s on E Bay last nite. Shrimp and grits for dinner. Then we rode around Savannah a bit. It rained a lot so not many pictures.

The Mercer House was The House in the book Midnight in Garden of Good and Evil.

An old Jewish Schul across the square from the Mercer House.

Off to class. More tomorrow Margaret xoxoxo